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Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of two woman and a young girl looking at a laptop with the word ready in the bottom right corner Prepare To Protect

In keeping with the National Preparedness Month, I thought I'd put together as much information as I could find on preparing with a budget and ways to prepare ahead of time.


Let's face it, there are things that will ultimately have to be purchased for emergency kits, so planning ahead is something that we can all do and preparing a list of things that you need, and purchasing items weekly can really help with the budget!

Ready.gov has a wealth of information for you regarding ALL of your disaster preparation needs.

You can also visit SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton's website blog section for disaster related blogs and tons of preparedness information Here.

A great first step to preparing yourself for disaster, is to find out exactly what you need to prepare.

You can download or order your FREE preparedness products to help your family plan and prepare for the next emergency here: Free Publications

A very important part of preparing your family for a disaster is to know what to do the moment a disaster occurs. Have a plan in place and remember,  Drills aren’t just for your toolbox. Practice emergency drills with your family regularly.

Emergencies can happen anytime, and less than half of American families have a communication plan. Plan ahead with your family!

For information on making a plan with your kids, follow this link: Make a Plan

Make preparing fun for kids! Go on a scavenger hunt around your house for items you already have to add to your disaster supply kit. 

Follow this list: Build a Kit and see how many items you can check off!


Know what disasters and hazards could affect YOUR area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. 

Visit Be Informed to find out how to get information specific to you and your area.

A little preparation can make the difference in a life threatening situation!


#PrepareToProtect #BeReady

What you should know about Flood Safety

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

photo of wet windshield with wording about flash flooding and hashtag be informed Be Prepared!

Flood Safety is something that we must consider more and more in the Northeast. Flash flooding is a term we are getting all to used to hearing.

September brings with it National Preparedness Month. We're used to preparing for the Winter months up here, not so much floods. I think it's time we start thinking about floods, Don't you? Let's DIVE in shall we!

Below is a list of things to consider ahead of the next rainy season.

  1. Make a family emergency communication plan and include pets.
    For information on how to get started; follow this link: Make a Plan
  2. Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
    For information on what your emergency kit should hold; follow this helpful link: Build a Kit
  3. Check on your neighbors to make sure they’re okay. Especially your elderly neighbors who may not be able to gather the supplies needed to ride out a storm.
  4. Know what to do before, during, and after a flood. To learn more about the three stages of flood preparation, follow this informative link: Floods
  5. Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!
  6. Homes are not the only thing at risk! If you are a business owner, you have many other things that need to be considered about how you can prepare for a disaster at your business. For a comprehensive list of needs and considerations for your business, follow this informative link: Business
  7. Listen to local officials by radio, TV or social media. In case of power outages, have a battery powered radio on hand so that you won't miss important information.
  8. Evacuate when advised by authorities or if you are in a flood or flash flood prone area. Know your evacuation route!
  9. If you are on high ground above flooded areas, being prepared to stay where you are may be the best protection.
  10. Never drive or walk through flooded streets; Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not go through flood waters.

For more information about ANY type of disaster preparedness, follow this helpful link:  https://www.ready.gov/

#BeInformed 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to school and business safely!

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.


Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic.

This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

Consult 

Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.

Clean 

Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 


Certify

Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton today at 603-298-6942 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

Restoring Your Lebanon, N.H. Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event!

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

picture of ceiling in a business that has water damage Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Restoring Your Lebanon, N.H. Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event!

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges.

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints.

We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.


About SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton 

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

 Meet our crew!

At SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton we are available 24 hours a day/365 days a year! Give us a call today at 603-298-6942 if you have any questions.

"Like it never even happened."

Construction and Rebuild Services

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

two servpro technicians doing construction and painting in home Construction/Rebuild Services

Construction Construction Construction!!

Do you have a construction or rebuild project that you need some help with?

Has your business suffered a fire or water loss and your confused about the process of getting it cleaned up and restored back to it's pre disaster condition?


SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has the experienced technicians that will see
you through this tough time from start to finish!


Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low. SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has over 20 yrs. experience in building and reconstruction services and is prepared to supervise a full range of restoration services that will get your home or business back up and running.

To help you better understand our process, here is what you can expect when we arrive at your facility.

Commercial/Large Loss Restoration Services Include:

  • Securing the building/facility.
  • Temporary utility services (Power, Lights, Heating, Plumbing)
  • Debris removal.
  • Complete or partial pack-out of electronics, belongings, documents, equipment, etc.
    as required.
  • Water extraction and drying/dehumidification.
  • Structure and content cleaning.
  • Deodorization, disinfection, and odor removal.
  • Repairs and reconstruction.

Restoration Process:

Once the emergency is dealt with; damaged materials removed, content protected,
packed and stowed and the drying equipment installed, we move onto the restoration
phase.

This is where we work with insurance adjusters, specialty tradespeople, owners, and property managers to identify the necessary repairs, develop a scope of work and estimate the costs.

Estimating Process:

The estimating process is actually a fairly smooth process because SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton, Insurance adjusters and many tradespeople use the industry standard software, Xactimate, which provides pricing, calculating formulas and concise descriptions that define the materials and services with each line
item. This insures everyone is "comparing apples to apples".

Construction and rebuild:

  • HVAC services
  • Board Up
  • Document Drying
  • Roofing Services
  • Drywall Removal
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Hardwood floor Repair
  • Linoleum floor Repair
  • General Contracting
  • Move out


This is a sample of what we have to offer, for more information; give us a call today at 603-298-6942 and one of our Project Managers will be happy to walk you through our services.

Spring Clean up and Fire Safety

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Spring has sprung!


Spring cleaning often starts with our garage, now is the perfect time to clean out all stored newspapers or other rubbish that can be fuel for a fire.

Properly dispose of oily or greasy rags. If these items must be stored, they should be kept in
labeled and sealed metal containers.

If you store gasoline, keep it outside your home in a shed or detached garage.

Keep only small quantities in tightly sealed containers. Use gasoline only as a motor fuel, never as a cleaning agent or charcoal accelerant.

Things to remember when Spring Cleaning begins indoors and out:

  • It's good practice to change batteries in smoke alarms, flashlights and carbon monoxide detectors in the Spring and Fall.
  • Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Be sure to thoroughly clean the lint trap in your clothes dryer. Failure to clear lint from the filter is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.
  • Remove anything from your stovetop that could pose a dangerous fire hazard. This includes oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging and hand towels.
  • Make sure outlets are not overcrowded with electrical wires and extension cords and that no extension cords are running across doorways or under carpets.
  • Loose debris, like old rags, papers, tissue and wrapping paper, clothing and blankets, which pile up in closets, drawers or cabinets should be cleared out. (They create a fire hazard in your home).
  • While cleaning, try to pay particular attention for loose floor boards or stair posts, sharp edges on furniture, tripping hazards or toxic materials left out in the open. This is the perfect time of year for stepping up the safety inside your home.
  • This is a perfect time to go over your family's fire escape plan and make any changes if needed. Practice, Practice, Practice.
  • Remember to Keep outdoor debris or dead vegetation away from the house and barbecue grill.


Speaking of our grill. Spring is a great time to make sure that our grills are in working order.

According to the NFPA, three out five households owns a gas grill, which translates to a lot of grilling. But it also means there’s an increased risk of home fires.

July is the peak month for grill fires at 17 percent, including both structure, outdoor or unclassified fires, followed by May, June and August.


A failure to clean the grill was the leading factor contributing to the fire in 19 percent of all grill structure fires. In 17 percent of the fires, something that could catch fire was too close to the grill.

Gas grills contribute to a higher number of home fires overall than their charcoal counterparts.

Spring is a great time to get a fresh start inside and out! If you need some help with your Spring cleaning, give us a call today at 603-298-6942. 

Spring Cleaning Tips!

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning Tips!

With Spring being right around the corner, Spring cleaning is probably on your mind. Whether you just need to freshen up your home after a long winter or maybe you're thinking about doing some cleaning out. Here are some tips to get you started!

Remove water stains with lemon for a natural faucet fix.

This spring, make faucets clean and sparkly by rubbing a lemon half on the water stains. The citric acid helps remove hard water marks. Then, use the other half of the lemon for our next tip.

Clean your microwave by heating lemon juice and rinds in water.

Cut a lemon into halves, squeeze the juice into 1/2 cup of water and drop the rinds into the mixture. Microwave for three minutes and let it stand for five minutes without opening the door. The trapped steam will loosen the grime, so you can wipe the microwave clean with less elbow grease.

Use white vinegar to beat shower head buildup.

Looking for more natural ways to clean your bathroom? Vinegar can dissolve the mineral deposits accumulate in showerheads over time, causing reduced pressure and water flow. Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar, secure it over the showerhead with a rubber band and leave it overnight to get rid of buildup. Just be sure to run the shower before you hop in, or you risk smelling like vinegar all day.

Use newspaper to clean dirty windows and mirrors.

Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of liquid soap into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the glass and scrub with newspaper for a streak-free window or mirror. The ink acts as a mild abrasive and allows you to make use of old newspapers.

Place a wet dryer sheet on your ceramic stovetop to remove burnt-on residue.

Dryer sheets are non-abrasive and a great way to remove burnt-on food from your stove. Place the wet dryer sheet on your stovetop at least 15 minutes before rubbing the gunk away.

Clean your grill with an onion.

Get your grill cleaned up and ready for the warm weather. First, heat it up and spray some white vinegar onto the grates to help loosen the residue. Then, scrub the area firmly using half an onion. The acid from the onion will rid your grill of any leftover remnants.

Know your couch or rug before cleaning it.

Don’t ruin your upholstered furniture by using the wrong cleaner. Not all manufacturer labels state what type of solvent to use. Familiarize yourself with the cleaning codes below.

Upholstery Cleaning Labels:

  1. W: Use water-based cleaning solutions.
  2. S: Use dry-cleaning solvents. Do not saturate. Do not use water.
  3. S-W: Use water-based cleaners or dry-cleaning solvents.
  4. X: Use a vacuum or brush only.

Use a window squeegee to scrape pet hair from your carpet or rug.

The rubber edge of the squeegee is a great tool for gripping and removing pet hair from your rug. Use a firm grip and make sure to clean up the excess hair as you go. Finish by running the vacuum to catch any hair still on the surface.

And don't forget that SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton is here to help you with all of your spring cleaning needs! Just give us a call at 603-298-6942.

Commercial Fire!

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

two men standing on scaffolding cleaning inside a commercial space after fire The clean up!

Smoke damage from a fire!

This storage facility suffered a lot damage from a fire because of burning plastic!

It suffered severe smoke and odor damage to it's structure as well as the equipment and furnishings inside.

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton worked tirelessly to remediate the problem, so that business could be restored as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Many businesses are at risk for a fire, especially when they lease older buildings in need of repairs. We know how costly and devastating a fire can be to a business, so it is always our goal to get you back up and running right away.

Experiencing a fire at your business can leave you feeling very overwhelmed and unsure of what to expect next. SERVPRO has a stringent policy in place to get you back up and running as quickly as possible.


What To Expect:

When we visit your business after a fire loss, we will scope the affected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively.

We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.

If a fire has damaged your business, call us right away at 603-298-6942. SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton will treat you with empathy and respect, and your property with care.


Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges.

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur.

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

"Like it never even happened."

Spring Cleaning Tips!

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning Tips!

With Spring being right around the corner, Spring cleaning is probably on your mind. Whether you just need to freshen up your home after a long winter or maybe you're thinking about doing some cleaning out. Here are some tips to get you started!

Remove water stains with lemon for a natural faucet fix.

This spring, make faucets clean and sparkly by rubbing a lemon half on the water stains. The citric acid helps remove hard water marks. Then, use the other half of the lemon for our next tip.

Clean your microwave by heating lemon juice and rinds in water.

Cut a lemon into halves, squeeze the juice into 1/2 cup of water and drop the rinds into the mixture. Microwave for three minutes and let it stand for five minutes without opening the door. The trapped steam will loosen the grime, so you can wipe the microwave clean with less elbow grease.

Use white vinegar to beat shower head buildup.

Looking for more natural ways to clean your bathroom? Vinegar can dissolve the mineral deposits accumulate in showerheads over time, causing reduced pressure and water flow. Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar, secure it over the showerhead with a rubber band and leave it overnight to get rid of buildup. Just be sure to run the shower before you hop in, or you risk smelling like vinegar all day.

Use newspaper to clean dirty windows and mirrors.

Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of liquid soap into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the glass and scrub with newspaper for a streak-free window or mirror. The ink acts as a mild abrasive and allows you to make use of old newspapers.

Place a wet dryer sheet on your ceramic stovetop to remove burnt-on residue.

Dryer sheets are non-abrasive and a great way to remove burnt-on food from your stove. Place the wet dryer sheet on your stovetop at least 15 minutes before rubbing the gunk away.

Clean your grill with an onion.

Get your grill cleaned up and ready for the warm weather. First, heat it up and spray some white vinegar onto the grates to help loosen the residue. Then, scrub the area firmly using half an onion. The acid from the onion will rid your grill of any leftover remnants.

Know your couch or rug before cleaning it.

Don’t ruin your upholstered furniture by using the wrong cleaner. Not all manufacturer labels state what type of solvent to use. Familiarize yourself with the cleaning codes below.

Upholstery Cleaning Labels:

  1. W: Use water-based cleaning solutions.
  2. S: Use dry-cleaning solvents. Do not saturate. Do not use water.
  3. S-W: Use water-based cleaners or dry-cleaning solvents.
  4. X: Use a vacuum or brush only.

Use a window squeegee to scrape pet hair from your carpet or rug.

The rubber edge of the squeegee is a great tool for gripping and removing pet hair from your rug. Use a firm grip and make sure to clean up the excess hair as you go. Finish by running the vacuum to catch any hair still on the surface.

And don't forget that SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton is here to help you with all of your spring cleaning needs! Just give us a call at 603-298-6942.

Is my duct work dirty? Should I have it checked?

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

The ventilation system within your commercial space is key to your air quality.

Estimates made by the World Health Organization say that poor indoor air quality cost $60 Billion in employee sick leave and lost production.

Poor air quality can spread illness, cause respiratory irritation, and cause employees to feel drowsy or apathetic. In some cases, it can spread illness and cause employees to become sick frequently.

You don’t want to keep the air in your commercial space too dry nor too humid. Both ends of the humidity spectrum cause health effects and can make your staff uncomfortable. Instead, try to keep the humidity level in your building between 40 and 50 percent.

The ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Inspecting the ductwork must be a high priority. 

In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your office building.

Another problem that affects ductwork in commercial businesses is when input and output vents become blocked by boxes, equipment, furniture or dust. This reduces the free flow of air through ducting systems and, by association, reduces air circulation throughout the entire commercial building.

Part of your responsibility to the tenants, workers, and/or students who work and play in your buildings includes proper maintenance and prompt response to any situation that could cause illness or health effects.


SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton can help:

  • Remediate bacteria, fungi and mold
  • Reduce potential for mold growth
  • Restore peak energy efficiency
  • Eliminate offensive odors


SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork. This inspection can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.


To schedule a duct cleaning call 603-298-6942.